Spoiler alert … the answer to the question is YES. Under the right set of facts, an injury sustained by a remote employee may be covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.

To state the obvious—since March there has been an exponential increase in the number of employees working remotely. Currently, despite being three months into the green phase of re-opening, Gov. Tom Wolf continues to encourage and recommend remote working. What used to be the exception and/or a special perk for employees, is now becoming the norm. As both employers and employees work to adjust to the reality of long term, or even permanent, remote work arrangements, there are many issues and logistical challenges to be considered, including workplace safety and preventing workplace injuries.

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